noun, plural mi·nor·i·ties.
Examples from the Web for minority
The Baluch in Iran do not speak Farsi but Baluchi, just like the Baluch in Pakistan, and in Iran they are a Sunni minority.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certainly, when it comes to the theological community, Francis is in the minority.Sorry, Internet: Pope Francis Didn't Open Paradise to Pets|Candida Moss|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, a majority of Democratic voters will be minority voters shortly after the next census is taken.
The only difference between then and now is that they were the minority then and are the majority now, or soon.
Sen. Ted Cruz, one of two Hispanic Republicans in the Senate, accused Democrats of “pigeonholing” minority candidates.
True, they were in the minority in point of numbers; but they had the law upon their side, and that gave them strength.The Quadroon|Mayne Reid
He was especially careful in behalf of the Jewish men because he knew that they were a minority and might otherwise be neglected.A Jewish Chaplain in France|Lee J. Levinger
Neither could the suggestion have been made by one of the minority, because none of them signed the petition to the last.The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt|David Miller DeWitt
It would amaze us to see the change in the life and surroundings of the feudal lords even in the years of William's minority.The Normans|Sarah Orne Jewett
Any injury to our position must recoil with double force upon so weak and small a minority as they are when left to stand alone.The Englishman in China During the Victorian Era, Vol. I (of 2)|Alexander Michie
British Dictionary definitions for minority
noun plural -ties
- the state of being a minor
- the period during which a person is below legal ageCompare majority
Word Origin for minority
Word Origin and History for minority
1530s, "condition of being smaller," from Middle French minorité (15c.), or directly from Medieval Latin minoritatem (nominative minoritas), from Latin minor (see minor (adj.)). Meaning "state of being under legal age" is from 1540s; that of "smaller number or part" is from 1736. The meaning "group of people separated from the rest of a community by race, religion, language, etc." is from 1919, originally in an Eastern European context.